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Transformers 4 Cars, 2014 BMW X5, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: This Week’s Top Photos

 
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

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Aston Martin’s continual updates to its models show no signs of slowing, with the V12 Vantage the latest to receive a slew of updates including a more powerful version of the automaker’s venerable 6.0-liter mill.

This photo reveals that the latest variant, called the V12 Vantage S, is one of the most aggressive designs we’ve seen yet from Aston Martin’s stylists.

Bold colors matched with newly formed aerodynamics give a unique look, and are joined by a shadow finish on the tail-light surrounds, fender vents and wheels.

But while the exterior changes would only be noticed by die-hard fans of the British brand, most will notice the difference in performance between the V12 Vantage S and the former V12 Vantage.

First and foremost, the car’s V-12 engine now matches the flagship Vanquish in terms of output. The final numbers register at 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Matched to a new Sportshift III automated manual transaxle (an updated version of the ‘box in the V8 Vantage S), the mighty mill will rocket the car to 60 mph in well under 4.0 seconds (final numbers yet to be released) and onto a top speed of at least 205 mph.

We can’t wait to take this baby for a spin.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG spy shots

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG spy shots

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This photo shows the as-yet unannounced AMG version of the latest 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class testing in prototype form at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. The muscular flanks exude performance and under the hood should lie one of two available engines, either a 5.5-liter V-8 or 6.0-liter V-12. Both will come with direct fuel injection and twin turbos to help maximize output, and peak figures could reach over 600 horsepower.
Autobots From Transformers 4

Autobots From Transformers 4

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The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is set for a starring role in the upcoming Transformers 4 movie. We know this because this photo of a striking green example, which wears a number of modifications added exclusively for its on-screen role, was released by the movie’s production company.

Kamui Kobayashi tests Ferrari’s 2010 F1 car at Fiorano

Kamui Kobayashi tests Ferrari’s 2010 F1 car at Fiorano

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There’s not much better than seeing a Ferrari Formula One car stretch its legs on the automaker’s Fiorano test track. This beauty is the F10 from the 2010 season, driven by Ferrari GT racing driver Kamui Kobayashi.

2014 BMW X5

2014 BMW X5

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The third-generation of BMW’s luxurious and dynamic mid-size SUV, the 2014 X5, made its debut this week. Though we’re sure most owners will never take their vehicles off-road, this shot shows that the latest X5 looks at home in the wild.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT1 engine

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT1 engine

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There’s nothing like a beautiful cross-section drawing. This one depicts the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that will power the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This week its final performance numbers were confirmed: 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, when equipped with a sports exhaust system, and 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet with the regular exhaust.

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

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A McLaren MP4-12C Spider was driven to a blistering top speed of 343 kph (213 mph) by the guys at Germany’s Sport Auto this week. They posted a video of their run, confirming that the car can exceed its official top speed figure of 204 mph by a significant margin.

Tesla Motors Supercharger Network In 2015 - released May 2013

Tesla Motors Supercharger Network In 2015 - released May 2013

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This image is not particularly interesting but its significance certainly is. It shows the planned locations for Tesla’s fast-charging ‘Supercharger’ stations, designed exclusively for the automaker’s Model S and future electric cars.  Tesla plans to have 98 percent of the U.S. population covered by 2015, meaning Model S owners will be able to travel almost anywhere in the country without fear of being stranded and without a cent in their pocket (the charging stations are free to use by Model S owners). We wonder what the all-powerful oil companies much be thinking.

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